Lions Club

Youthful Lions Club candidates volunteer in clean-up efforts at Rockford’s Pioneer Cemetery

November 4, 2010 // 0 Comments

by CLIFF and NANCY HILL  Lions Clubs International (LCI) is the world’s largest community service organization with 1.3 million members. There are more than 45,000 Lions Clubs in approximately 200 countries and geographic areas. All Lions Clubs and their members share a common dedication to helping people in need. Integral parts of the LCI network are more than 5,700 Leo Clubs in approximately 140 nations. Leo Clubs are open to young people between 12 and 18 years of age with good character and an interest in serving their communities. The Leo name is also their motto, standing for Leadership, Experience and Opportunity. The Leo Club has been an official program of LCI for the past 43 years and locally the Rockford Lions Club has decided to climb on board and sponsor their own Leo Club(s). Rockford Lion Larry Lindsley, co-chairman of Rockford’s Leo Club(s), said, “Rockford Schools Superintendent Michael Shibler has enthusiastically and whole-heartedly endorsed school-affiliated Leos Clubs.” Grand Rapids Lions Club member Dr. Gary Anderson, who is also an international director of LCI, said, “I’m excited to see one of our most successful Lions Clubs sponsor a Leos Club program. Lions know how to get things done and I’m positive the Rockford Leo Clubs will be a huge success.” By next spring, plans are in the works to have Leo Clubs at each middle school along with one at both the Rockford Freshman Center and the high school. Each club will have a faculty advisor who is also a certified Lions Club member. The Leo Clubs will be subject to the same rules established by school authorities for all school organizations and extracurricular activities. The Rockford Leo Clubs are open to all students enrolled in the public and parochial schools of the Rockford school district, who meet age and character requirements. Each of the Leo Clubs will develop their own service projects with an emphasis on filling needs locally. Already having 180 Leo candidates signed up to become charter members in the about-to-be formed new clubs, the Rockford Lions have already found a way to test their “mettle.” On recent Saturday mornings, you may have seen some of these young ladies and gentlemen enthusiastically assisting the Lions in one of their current community service […]